Opening-Day Talk: Pao Houa Her
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Opening-Day Talk: Pao Houa Her: Paj qaum ntuj / Flowers of the Sky

Black and white image of grassy field.
Pao Houa Her, Untitled, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis.

Pao Houa Her is recognized for her provocative photographs of the Hmong, the indigenous people of Laos who immigrated to the United States following the Vietnam War. Highly personal, Her’s images are not only a narrative extension of her own experience of being born in Laos and fleeing the country with her family at age three, but they also sensitively document the larger ethnic Hmong culture that became increasingly established in various locations in the United States in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Her was born in 1982 in Laos, and was raised in St. Paul, MN. She currently lives in Blaine, MN. She received an MFA in photography from the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, in 2012, and a BFA in photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2009. Her received a McKnight Artists Fellowship in 2016, a Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists in 2013, and was awarded Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2009 and 2012. She also received an Alice Kimball Fellowship in 2012.

Since 2012, Her’s photographs have garnered solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis; the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, MI; and the Center for Hmong Studies, the Gordon Parks Gallery, and the Bindery Projects, all in St. Paul. Her’s photographs have also been featured in group shows at the Telemark Art Center in Skein, Norway; the Minnesota Museum of Art in St. Paul; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; the Camera Club of New York; and in galleries in New York and Los Angeles. Her will participate in the 2022 edition of the Whitney Biennial.

Victoria Sung, associate curator, Visual Arts
Matthew Villar Miranda, curatorial fellow, Visual Arts

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